verb (used with object), pursed, purs·ing.
Origin of purse
Examples from the Web for pursed
Contemporary Examples of pursed
Who was this girl with the pursed lips, perfect eyebrows, and a dry nosebleed?Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
His black hair sweeps back from the crest of his high forehead and laps at the nape of his neck; his lips are pursed.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
Friends saw the danger signs—the pursed lips, the extra quick blink of the eye.Juiciest Bits From Robert Lacey’s Royal Biography ‘The Queen’
May 9, 2012
Historical Examples of pursed
The Cherub pursed his fat round lips in a soft whistle of enlightenment.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
David smiled back at her, and then, with a sudden recollection, pursed his lips.Tiverton Tales
"Why—" Her eyes clouded; she pursed her lips over the conjectural annoyance.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Mrs Gamp shook her head mysteriously, and pursed up her lips.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Her lips pursed as if to spit venom at the word; pursed they remained.Monday or Tuesday
Word Origin for purse
Old English pursa "little bag made of leather," especially for carrying money, from Medieval Latin bursa "leather purse" (source also of Old French borse, 12c., Modern French bourse; cf. bourse), from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, leather." Change of b- to p- perhaps by influence of Old English pusa, Old Norse posi "bag."
Meaning "woman's handbag" is attested from 1951. Meaning "sum of money collected as a prize in a race, etc.," is from 1640s. Purse-strings, figurative for "control of money," is from early 15c. Purse-snatcher first attested 1902 (earlier purse-picker, 1540s). The notion of "drawn together by a thong" also is behind purse-net (c.1400).
c.1300, "put in a purse;" c.1600 as "draw together and wrinkle" (as the strings of a money bag), from purse (n.). Related: Pursed; pursing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with purse
- purse strings
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear